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Massage therapy is a "noninvasive, pleasant, inexpensive therapy that has the ability to reduce these very serious symptoms for at least 48 hours," study author Dr. Barrie R. Cassileth of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York told Reuters Health.

Multiple studies now link gentle non-invasive massage for people affected by cancer with significant reductions in pain, fatigue, nausea, depression, and anxiety. Study after study reports improvements in some or all of these symptoms by unexplained mechanisms following massage interventions.

A Soft Touch: Massage & Palliative Care

Massage therapy is playing an integral role in the hospice and palliative care environments.

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